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Kathleen Elizabeth Wagner

February 23, 1947September 8, 2020
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Kathleen Elizabeth Wagner, 73, passed away peacefully on September 8, 2020, at her home in Cherry Valley. Kathy was a resident of Cherry Valley for 40 years. Kathy was born in Brooklyn, NY to a Navy Mom and Marine Corp. Father. The family finally settled in Fullerton after ten years of military moves throughout Southern California. Kathy married her husband James Wagner in 1968 and lived in Brea for a short time before settling in Cherry Valley in 1979. Kathy spent 35 years as a Tax Professional/Accountant. She started her career with H&R Block before starting her own business in a small 200 square foot space in Cherry Valley in 1985. Kathy took a lot of pride in each and every client she had over the years. She retired in 2015 after 32 years of dedication to her customers at Accurate Tax. Kathy was very involved in the community, she has been a major part of Beaumont Youth Baseball/Softball for the last 40 years & Soroptomist International of Beaumont/Banning, The Winter Wish Committee, The Chamber of Commerce & Cherry Valley Bowhunters. She also was a volunteer at the Cherry Festival, Buncopalooza, poker nights, Man about town & ANY other community event she could help out with. She was passionate about Volunteering and supporting the Beaumont community. Kathy has received several awards for all her dedication to this town. She has received the Woman of Distinction Award, The Mother of The year Award, Queen for a Day Award, Citizen of the Year Award & The Heritage Award. She is preceded in death by her father, George Matthews, mother, Claire Matthews. She is survived by her husband, James of Cherry Valley; Brothers, George, Michael, and Robert Matthews & Sister Kimberly Slingerland; Sons Stephen (Michelle) & Kenneth (Jacqulyn) & Daughter Jamie; Stepdaughter M’Chellin of Indiana; Grandchildren Madison, Kendyl, Stephanie, Taryn, Mckenzie, & Stephen(Honus) and her extended family of many friends. A celebration of life will be held Friday, September 18 at 12:00 p.m.at Weaver Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Soroptomist International (money to go towards the Winter Wish program that provides presents for underprivileged children during Christmas-time) OR to Beaumont Youth Baseball (money to go towards registration for families who are unable to pay for their child to play). These are the two things she was most passionate about and put her heart and soul into both of them for over 35 years. The Donations can be made at the celebration of life or by mail to PO Box 3303, Beaumont, CA 92223.

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Arlene Garcia

September 21, 2020

I first met Kathy when I became a member of Soroptimist International of Beaumont-Banning. Kathy was always very active in the group participating in events like Winter Wish and Winterfest, and our annual Bunco events. I am really going to miss her. She was a beautiful person inside and out.

Kathy Matthews

September 19, 2020

I married her bro George in 1981. Kath was so like her mother Clair, never judgmental , always willing to listen and always cared, she rolled with the punches.
Kath was always there to help, give her take on a situation and the solution was yours to make.
When we moved to Beaumont in 2005 it was a spontaneous move and brought us close to Kath and the Wagner Family, which has enriched our lives as well.
We then had breakfast on every Sunday, since then. Which we looked forward too, gave us time to catch up on the week.
We have vacationed/cruises/camping , enjoyed our coffee together.
Kath was my sister in-law but a really a good friend.
Her presence will be missed, my heart breaks, but I am a better person because of her...❤️
How lucky were we...to have her.

Pat & Bill Wagner

September 18, 2020

I married into this loving family in 2001 but I knew Kathy years before I met Bill. Our daughters were friends during their elementary years. She was a wonderful friend and sister in law. I have many wonder memories of fun times with Kathy. I worked with her many years with the Winter Wish Program. She will be missed by so many because she gave so much of herself to everyone she knew.

Patricia & Bill Wagner

Kathleen Murphy

September 18, 2020

Kathy and I met yearly to take care of that pesty tax return. I looked forward to that appointment every year. We caught up on all the kids and the grands and brothers and sister and catching up on the year gone by. We talked about Claire and George, Norma and Bud and my husband Ed and laughed about their funny stories. I never failed to mention Kenny throwing that brick at me. Kath, you were a wonderful friend to Ed and me and have touched the lives of your family and neighbors. You had the best sense of humor. Always saw the funny in life. You will always be remembered in my heart.

Mickie Wiethley

September 16, 2020

Kathy was mine and my late husband‘s tax person for many years. I missed hour yearly visits, which was more like visiting an old friend, when she retired but was happy for her.
Lots of prayers for the family and friends for strength and support.

J obregon

September 15, 2020

Kathy was my tax lady many years ago...she was kind, compassionate, honest and knew her job very well...
My condolences to Jamie and the family...May the Lord be your hope, comfort and strength during this time of loss 🙏 ❤

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Biography

I was Born in Brooklyn New York into a military family, Mom was in the Navy and dad was in the Marine Corp. Parents relocated to California soon after my birth. As a Marine Corp military family we spent the first ten years of my life moving all over Southern California. We settled in Fullerton until I married my husband Jim in 1968 then we moved to Brea. We moved to Cherry Valley in 1979 where we built our home and raised our three children, Stephen, Kenneth and Jamie. The beginning of my volunteer work was at Cherry Valley Brethren School. I participated in many fund raisers to help keep the school afloat.


I started my business, Accurate Tax and Business Service, in 1983, I opened up in Cherry Valley in a small 200 square foot office next to the feed store (then a meat locker). My Business grew so fast, So In 1989 we purchased a house located at 1037 Beaumont Avenue and converted into my tax office. I Built such a massive clientele and created lifelong friendships with some amazing people. My Tax office was also used as the Beaumont Youth Baseball Headquarters, people could drop off and pickup applications any time. I sold my business in 2008 to a Firm & worked for them until 2011 when I took my business back and worked for another year before I handed it over to Tammy for whom I volunteered for from 2012-2015.



In 1982, I became involved with Beaumont Little League which is now Beaumont Youth Baseball, joined the board and soon after became the player agent. As player agent, I was able to help kids become established with coaches and teams. I was on the Baseball/Softball board for 35 years. With my help BYB introduced softball to our community. I spent countless hours raising money so our community girls could travel to Virginia to represent our city. Most of these girls had never been out of Beaumont. I also traveled with them as their chaperone. I was passionate about fundraising for the children that were unable to pay for the chance to play in our league. I have stayed involved with BYB because I feel that by supporting this program I could make a difference with our youth. One memory that comes to mind was, an under privileged child, played in our league but could not afford to pay, and we were able to offer him a place in the league to play. After he grew up and had been in and out of jail, had a child and straightened out his life, He stopped by my office one day to thank me for providing him with the only stability he had in his life. I felt that if I could help just a few children, I had done my job.

In 1989, I joined Soroptimist which opened new opportunities to participate in many more community service and fundraising projects as follows:

* Man about town - raised $15,000 which went to Arc of Riverside, Childhelp and San Gorgonio Hospital; raised $28,000 which we donated to our San Gorgonio Hospital, Habitat for Humanity and both the Banning and Beaumont Libraries.

* Soroptimist Speech Contest - was instrumental in starting and raising funds for four (4) Beaumont High School winners to travel to Arizona and participate in the next level of speech. I chaperoned these girls during their travel and stay.

* Soroptimist High School Scholarship Fund - helped raise funds and participated in the committee that read, evaluated, and chose the eligible candidates who were awarded these scholarships.

* Game Booths at the Lion’s Halloween Night – each year I set up several game booths at the event and our Soroptimist club donated candy and helped pass it out to keep the kids off the streets.

* The Casino Night – was a fun time to help raise funds for the community and the scholarship program. One year I worked the snack bar for the casino night which raised funds to build dug-outs for the Beaumont High School baseball team.


The one Soroptimist project that is near and dear to me is Winter Wish. I shop for the Winter Wish project to help under privileged children who were not selected from a gift tree. We make sure every child is taken care of with at least two gifts. Over the years we delivered the gifts to the families to make sure that they have a great Christmas.

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